IT IS READILY APPARENT that we are facing serious national challenges with regard to garnering sufficient resources to advance biomedical research. Public awareness of the value and importance of research is essential. Virtually every institution in the U.S. faces a critical need to establish infrastructure to support communication of research findings and advances broadly.
Providing opportunities to enhance collaboration – an essential element of a robust research program – is one approach UC Davis has taken to create infrastructure designed to connect potential research colleagues. In addition to the UC Schools of Medicine and Office of the President Biomedical Research Acceleration, Integration and Development (UC BRAID), UC Davis facilitates large, multicenter studies through groups, including NeuroNEXT to foster neurologic research and WESTRN (Western Emergency Services Translational Research Network) to promote advances in emergency medicine. Another major initiative is the Outreach and Promotion Core of the National Institutes of Health-funded West Coast Metabolomics Center, developed recently as a partnership with the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC).
Through these challenging times, our CTSC remains committed to its three
• Provide a comprehensive array of tools and services to support research.
• Ensure the availability of a well-prepared workforce of trainees,
staff and investigators.
• Support innovative translational science advancements to improve human health.
By means of this integrated support structure, the CTSC constitutes a time-tested mechanism to catalyze and help advance a variety of research projects. We are also now poised to offer additional assistance by connecting researchers with services and resources through our new Concierge Service. We made this service accessible through our website to enable us to better support the research community and facilitate collaborative opportunities.
As a major research university and as a national leader, UC Davis has much to offer the broader research enterprise. Yet, significant impediments remain. Engagement of the community and stakeholders – including patient-focused networks – in the research process represents a path toward the future, and we must become actively involved in order to avoid being left behind.